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How do you create a "no mistakes"
kitchen while you have the chance ahead of time??? It's not easy, but remember
A kitchen is not a living room with
moveable fixtures! A kitchen can't be changed later to correct problems without
great expense. Thus, planning correctly now can save thousands of
dollars, as well as many regrets, later on.
I. Identify your needs:
|Decide whether this is a long-term
(or last) home, or a short-term home for you. |
|Brainstorm your family's future in
terms of growth and change. In this vein, consider children's ages and project
their changing requirements over a 20- 25-year period. Also consider
additional family members who may be moving into your home. |
|Consider physical challenges these
people now have, or could experience in the future; provisions made now could
allow you or them to live in your home successfully longer. If you believe
this will be a long-term home, it might be well to plan for advanced age
situations and requirements. |
|Look at the functions of each
family member within the kitchen itself - the jobs they traditionally perform,
or would like to do if the room were so equipped. |
|Outside of the family, who else
spends time in the kitchen? |
|When entertaining, how many friends
use the room? |
|Seating requirements should be
established both for everyday use, and for typical mode of entertaining,
keeping in mind that the kitchen is not intended to also be a dining room in
most homes. |
|Cooking requirements may be
established in several ways:
|equipment desired |
|number of cooks typically in the
|by task or jobs to be performed
in the room |
|maximum capacity (typical of
holiday needs) |
|Storage needs: Know exactly what
you want to store, particularly for everyday needs: excess or unusual
requirements (such as extra sets of china, grill equipment, stuff used once a
year); pet food; unusual cooking equipment; medicines, etc. Long term storage
for additional supplies, particularly if you live a distance from grocery
stores, etc., can usually be arranged away from the kitchen area proper.
Another consideration for storage is frequency of trips to the store.
II. Evaluate Your Space:
You will need a space planner to
assist you with this, but you basically want to look at the room you have as it
is, with the windows, doors, closets and idiosyncrasies, in order to begin
formulating a plan for the room. To be successful, this plan must include ways
to meet the needs you've already established.
III. Establish Several Floor Plan
Sketching to scale is the method to
use here, as nothing is permanent; all you are trying to do now is determine the
various options you have within the space available.
If you are still in the stages of
planning your home with an architect, good! This means that if a wall or door
needs to be shifted somewhat, it can usually be accommodated. If your home is
already under construction, you don't have the time to make those changes, which
are also very costly. Thus, you will need to work with existing conditions (as
do those who are renovating existing homes).
IV. Finalize Your Plan:
Final drawings with detail should be
drawn for your kitchen, so as to minimize mistakes and misunderstandings. These
|Floor Plan |
|Elevations or Perspectives drawings
(so you can "see" what it will look like) |
If you've planned in final details,
large-scale drawings of moldings, decorative elements, edges, etc, might be
appropriate. These plans should include exact manufacturers, model numbers, and
sizes where needed. It would be difficult to over emphasize the importance of
establishing this information early, and communicating it clearly to contractor
and all sub-contractors.
V. Determine All Products:
Cabinetry, countertops, light
fixtures, hardware, special features or products: All by manufacturer, model
number and size! If at all possible, a full list should be included with the
plans described above and distributed to everyone associated with the project.
Note : When you choose products to be
installed in your home, you are actually choosing the local company who
represents those (and other) products. You should fully investigate all
companies you intend to transact business with, to be certain that they will
provide what you expect, at the price quoted (in writing), and will stand behind
their products and installation. Ask the questions and weigh answers carefully.
You are the customer, and you must be comfortable with all factors of each
choice. The time to evaluate these critical factors is before you choose.
VI. Budgeting for the Products:
Consider: The best kitchens aren't the
most expensive, but they are the most interesting, fun to use and those that age
gracefully. The best value for your home probably isn't the least expensive. The
ideal is: all products of similar quality, well installed, and harmonious
together. Thus, it's not smart and it doesn't look good to have a $4,000
built-in refrigerator with do-it-yourself-store cabinets and tops. Go ahead and
put a nice GE in that situation, and the whole picture works. Fancy and
expensive granite countertops on a $4,000 kitchen not only look foolish now, but
when the cheap doors and drawers fail in a few years, the granite's going
strong! Renovations are very expensive and kitchens work hard! Thus, the wise
consumer budgets generously for this hard working and long-lasting room. A rule
of thumb is 10% of the value of the home (and lot) for the kitchen; thus a
$400,000 home would have $40.000 worth of kitchen cabinetry, countertops and
appliances. Conversely, a $200,000 home should have $20,000 worth...
VII. Enjoy the Building Process:
Be available if there's an unexpected
bend in the road; things come up, even in nearly perfect projects. Just keep
your cool, and rely on the professionals you hired to assemble this wonderful
space for you!
WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD YOU ASK:
|What kind of guarantee is there on
the cabinetry? |
|What kind of guarantee is there on
the installation? |
|What is the procedure if I am not
happy with the products or installation of the products? |
|What happens if I need something
adjusted in a month or two, will there be a charge for that? |
The answers to your inquiries will
give you a full overview of a design firm’s ability and competence. A job
completed should include a well-finished kitchen or bathroom installation as
well as a satisfied client who gladly gives a referral.
|Commit to the person you've chosen.
|Create an arrangement. Plan every
detail - leave nothing to chance! |
|Pick out each & every product
needed, noting sizes & finishes. |
|Locate each product in the space.
|Double check on everything by
reviewing one last time. |
|If you feel 100% comfortable, now
is the time to order. |
|Relax while everything is being
ordered for you. |
When installation day arrives, be
ready! Do everything that was your responsibility in plenty of time to be
prepared for the final stage. As your products arrive, the excitement builds as
you see your dreams become reality.
As everything is assembled for you,
you should be in close touch with the person installing. ASK QUESTIONS - if a
problem comes up it should be dealt with promptly & to your complete
satisfaction. At each step, the professional you hired originally should be
shoulder to shoulder with you, making sure everything develops as planned.
With your professional, you have
single source responsibility from the beginning to the end - assuring you that
the finished result you so carefully planned does become a reality in your home,
and will continue to pay off for you and your family for many years to come!
By working with a professional, this
entire process should be enjoyable for you, and should fulfill your hopes and
How Much Does a Kitchen Cost?
The total cost of your kitchen is
derived from the total of all the following individual items:
$ 9,000 - $ 30,000
$ 1,450 - $ 12,000
$ 850 -$ 3,500
$ 1,500 - $ 15,000
$ 500 - $ 3,500
$ 0 - $
$ 250 - $ 3,500
$ 650 - $ 2,000
Electrical Work: Labor
$ 500 - $ 3,500
$ 750 - $ 4,000
Permits & Licenses
$ 225 - $ 750
$ 975 - $ 2,500
Kitchen Remodeling Preparation
We at 3D Remodeling Inc. want
to help you to, (in every way possible), minimize renovation disruption, so that
in the process of removing the old kitchen and gaining the new, you have a
positive experience on the whole.
Let's take a brief look at what will
actually take place. These steps are predictable and most importantly
manageable if you are well prepared. We make every effort in our capacity to
work with speed and consideration, and with your proper preparation, we'll
achieve results that will more than make up for minor problems along the way.
The steps in renovation are:
|Complete demolition of existing
cabinetry, flooring, countertops, light fixtures and plumbing. |
|Removal of all appliances.
|Construction of walls, closets,
etc.; this includes framing, insulation, sheetrock hanging and finishing
(sheetrock requires 3 coats of "mud" with complete drying between coats, prior
to sanding and finishing). |
|Roughing-in of new plumbing lines
and capping or re-routing old lines. |
|Removal of old wiring and running
new electrical wiring to new locations (beware that extensive electrical work
may be needed in houses that have out-of-date electrical systems). |
|Priming of walls, ceilings and wood
trim for paint of wall paper. The floor may also need advance preparation
prior to receiving the new floor covering. |
|Delivering of cabinetry: You'd be
amazed at how many pieces, parts and cabinets are needed to complete an
average kitchen (25-30). Room for them to be stored temporarily until they can
be installed is really important. |
|Cabinet installation takes the
least time if the room is ready, but leveling of base cabinets is the
beginning. There is a lot of lifting, moving, juggling and fine fitting
necessary in a great installation. |
|Countertops: Some types are more
"labor-intensive" than others, and thus, take longer. But, in all cases, the
counter in the sink area must be completed prior to a return trip by the
plumber for sink installation. (This is one of our highest priorities: To have
the new sink installed as soon as possible!) |
|"Trimming out" plumbing and
electrical fixture, dishwasher, sink, oven (s), microwave, cook top,
compactor, etc. Often, in addition to the plumber and electrician, we hire an
appliance installer, whose sole responsibility is to install tricky
|Finish painting, wallpaper hanging
and flooring installation|
Kitchen Remodeling Suggestions
How Should You Prepare Yourself and
Your Family for a Kitchen Renovation?
- In the weeks before the work
begins, keep a list of all those restaurants you've been meaning to try. When
the microwave gets old, your list will come in handy for a quick escape!
- Before the cabinets arrive - decide
on a safe enclosed area for the cabinets and appliances to be delivered to.
Usually the garage is a good location.
- Pack up the kitchen (or bathroom)
well before the remodel. While it's a great time to "spring clean" your
shelves, don't forget to label the storage boxes well. This will make the
unpacking process a lot easier and a lot more fun! Items that are fragile
should be marked accordingly and stored in an area away from the construction.
- Plan a location outside of the area
where the remodeling is being done to act as your temporary kitchen. Don't
it's a bathroom remodel, pretend you're packing to go on a trip. Remember the
hairdryer and curling iron!
|The fridge! |
|You maybe able to temporarily
move everything you need…except the kitchen sink! |
|Consider where your "water
source" will be in relation to your temporary kitchen. |
|Microwave (and a freezer
stocked with microwavable meals!) |
|In a fond farewell to you old
kitchen, spend some time in it, cooking. Make family favorites and throw
them in the freezer. We promise you…you'll thank yourself later!
|Coffee Maker (don't forget to
put the filters and coffee close at hand too!) |
|Utility utensils, such as: can
opener, bottle/wine opener, sharp knives, and microwavable dishes.
|Keep the basics handy: butter,
salt & pepper, favorite spices |
|Dining area/table |
|Tell the kids you're
picnicking…use paper plates & napkins as well as disposable silverware.
|Cleaning supplies and
Don't forget about Fido & Kitty! If
there isn't an area in your home to keep them safely away from construction,
especially during certain phases - it maybe a perfect time to treat your pet
to a vacation at the kennel or a play date at a friend's home.
Decide in advance where you'd like
the installers to store their tools.
Dust…there's just no way to avoid
it! If there is a fish tank or electrical equipment in close proximity to the
work - remember to keep them well covered!